Publication : t94/050

The effects of smoothing on the statistical properties of large-scale cosmic fields

Bernardeau F. (CEA, DSM, SPhT (Service de Physique Théorique), F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, FRANCE)
It has been show that the large-scale correlation functions of the density field (and velocity divergence field) follow a specific hierarchy in the quasi-linear regime and for Gaussian initial conditions (Bernardeau 1992). The exact relationships between the cumulants of the probability distribution functions (the so-called $ S_p $ parameters) are however sensitive to the smoothing window function applied to the fields. In this paper, I present a method to derive the whole series of the $ S_p $ parameters when the density field is smoothed with a top-hat window function. The results are valid for any power spectrum and any cosmological parameters. Similar calculations are presented for the velocity divergence field. The resulting shapes of the one-point probability distribution functions of the cosmic density and the velocity divergence fields are given as a function of the power spectrum and $ \Omega . $ Simple analytical fits are proposed when the index of the power spectrum is $ -1. $ Comparisons with numerical simulations prove these analytical results to be remarkably accurate.
Année de publication : 1994
Revue : Astron. Astrophys. (1994)
Preprint : arXiv:astro-ph/9403020
Langue : Anglais
NB : 291, 697-712 (1994)


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